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9/12/03 @ 11:53 AM
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150class
USER SINCE 8/24/01
Let us know where youre finding the birds, what were the conditions, what type of terrain.

Lets here some good dog stories as well.

Can we attach pictures in this forum now?

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9/30/22 @ 1:05 PM
Axel22
USER SINCE 3/7/22

Thanks Birdboy.  Your dogs sound like great partners.  Just like kids, they're all different and it wouldn't be fun any other way.  Good luck to you and all this season.

9/29/22 @ 9:02 PM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
USER SINCE 8/24/07

Axel22:

That is one handsome dog!!!!

I get it on the retrieve. My last Weimaraner Lucy fetched to hand with no training. She was bringing me training quail at 11 weeks. Hunted with her for twelve seasons and I don’t recall her missing more than a couple of cripples. My setter had to figure it out. I got her at 1yr and elected not to force fetch her. The first year she would just run in and point dead or crippled birds. All well and good unless you have one winged and running. Then last year, my buddy’s Weimaraner tried to creep in and pick up a dead bird I shot. Abigail was having none of it. She dove and picked up the bird and brought it right to me. She was reliable all season after that. 

She is three now so this season will be interesting as she continues to develop. 

9/29/22 @ 11:57 AM
Axel22
USER SINCE 3/7/22

Oh he properly retrieves to hand heeling to my left side, I stopped him for these pics!

9/29/22 @ 11:55 AM
Axel22
USER SINCE 3/7/22

I was looking for a Griff when I found my Draht.  He was 7 months old when he retrieved the woodcock, never having seen one before.  I force fetched him but he was a natural anyway.  The rooster from SD and the grouse northern WI both last year, he's 5 now.  Great dog, great pet, great friend.

9/29/22 @ 5:45 AM
Duffin
USER SINCE 12/16/10

Birdyboy,

They are excellent retrievers.  As a breed  some more natural then others.   With mine, I do test them in NAVHDA and the Utility Test requires a retrieve to hand.  So I put a trained retrieve into them, usually after their second hunting season.    I also waterfowl hunt.  

9/28/22 @ 11:01 PM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
USER SINCE 8/24/07

Duffin;

Nice pics. My brother in law hunts over WPGs. Had an awesome girl who passed away last year. Has another that is 9 and is putting a one year old male on the ground this season. Beautiful dogs. Amazing noses and mellow around the house. Do your’s retrieve?  

9/28/22 @ 7:18 PM
Duffin
USER SINCE 12/16/10

Lots of miles on the boots and finding decent numbers.  Rotating dogs depending on cover and conditions.    Still a jungle.  Largest covey flush so far 4.   Haven’t heard any fall drummers yet which tells me the family groups haven’t dispersed yet.  

9/27/22 @ 10:11 AM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
USER SINCE 8/24/07

WWYH;

Congratulations to you and your son!  My son also shot his first grouse on the wing at 12 years old. He previously hunted doves and pheasant but that first grouse cemented his love of the sport. The icing on the cake was a limit of Woodcock the following day. Nothing like it. 

9/26/22 @ 9:50 PM
WWYH
USER SINCE 5/24/16

Hunted Friday for about an hour with 12 year old son. First time carrying gun in grouse woods for him. Only took him into the brush for a little bit. 3 woodcock flushed, obviously no shooting. 

Hunted for about 1.5 hrs Saturday morning and walked a little more in the woods with our new dog. Flushed 7 grouse and 1 woodcock. My son got his first grouse and I think he is hooked. Numbers for me so far look to be pretty good. Dog was very birdy around all birds flushed which was a good sign. 

Loooking forward to a week long hunt with buddies in middle of October. Will be hunting out of cabins in NC and NE Wisconsin for the week. 

9/26/22 @ 9:42 PM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
USER SINCE 8/24/07

Looks like the DNR updated the depredation map to include caution zones around Milliston in the Black River forest. I’ll attach the pic. 

I don’t worry much about wolves since they don’t usually get close enough to bird dogs. I do pay attention to the caution zones and try to steer clear. 

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